Know How / Environment

Get the latest news on environmental, wildlife and rewilding issues on farms and farmland. Keep up-to-date on a range of farm environment matters including Defra’s greening policies, environmental compliance, water abstraction licences, ammonia emissions, and farm pollution. See advice on measure to improve your farm’s environmental credentials and sustainable future, such as planting trees to improve soil, livestock cover and a habitat for wildlife.

Advice and tips

LIVESTOCK

A guide to farm recycling: the options and costs

Plastic usage is a hot topic globally, with all industries under pressure to reduce the amount used. On farms – particularly livestock units – large quantities of plastic are used…

COMPLIANCE

How to control smells on poultry farms

Keeping a tight lid on smell is one of the primary responsibilities of the poultry farm manager. Statutory authorities have a duty to deal with odour complaints from a variety…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Rule reminder: Key pesticide stewardship guidelines

Plant protection product stewardship campaigns are now at the heart of industry efforts to prevent further losses of under-threat active ingredients. Here, we give a reminder of the key actives…

FARM MAINTENANCE

Septic tanks on farm: Rules and replacements

By the time 1 January 2020 comes round, the Environment Agency hopes that farmers with septic tanks that currently discharge into a watercourse will have checked them and upgraded if necessary.…

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Case studies

ARABLE

How a veg grower slashed energy and pesticide use

A large farming estate on the Norfolk/Suffolk border is making great progress in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions involved with growing root vegetables. Elveden Farms, which specialises in potatoes, onions,…

NEWS

Video: How Gloucs farmers are working to prevent flooding

Farmers and landowners in Gloucestershire’s Upper Thames area are working together to manage the land to provide catchment-scale solutions to prevent future floods while making businesses resilient.  When storms Eva…

ENVIRONMENT

Video: How farmers are saving money by planting trees

Farmers have found they can increase productivity and improve the visual appeal of the landscape by introducing trees into their farming systems. Producers who have dipped a toe into the…

LIVESTOCK

How New Zealand dairy farmers are cleaning up their water

Over the past five years, New Zealand dairy farmers have laid more than 26,000km of fencing to stop cattle from accessing waterways as part of an industry-led initiative to improve…

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Insights

ENVIRONMENT

Video: Why farmers are facing recycling headaches

Plastic and tyre waste disposal is a growing problem for agriculture. Environmental regulations require farmers to dispose of waste through reputable waste management services and they need to show proof…

ENVIRONMENT

How Duchy Home Farm converted to fully organic

Duchy Home Farm covers 770ha and started converting to fully organic in 1995 when farm manager David Wilson took over. Back then organic farming was new to Mr Wilson, but…

FARM POLICY

Organic campaigner - how profit and sustainability can work

Achieving more sustainable food production in the UK will require a “carrot and stick” approach, but with more emphasis on inducements than penalties, according to Sustainable Food Trust chief executive…

ARABLE

Can arable farming and wildlife conservation work together?

Farming is coming under greater pressure to halt the decline in wildlife. A major government project hopes to provide some of the answers in coming years, by balancing greater diversity with…

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News

ENVIRONMENT

NFU joins supermarkets in pledge to cut food waste

More than 100 of the UK’s biggest food players have signed a government pledge to halve food waste by 2030, which costs £20bn each year. Retailers including Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons,…

BREXIT

Soil Association fears 'green Brexit' is slipping away

Environmental and organic farming groups fear that, with the Agriculture Bill stalled and a change of Defra secretary imminent, prospects for a “green Brexit” are slipping. The Soil Association’s chief…

SOILS

Compaction and erosion ‘a serious threat’ to UK farm soils

About 6m hectares of farm soils in England and Wales are at risk of compaction or erosion, according to an Environment Agency (EA) study. Intensive agriculture has caused arable soils…

NEWS

Welsh farmers at crisis point over waste plastic

Emergency measures are needed to help farmers recycle thousands of tonnes of plastic waste, say industry leaders in Wales. The suspension of plastic farm waste collection has prompted the Farmers’…

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Video

ENVIRONMENT

Video: Why farmers are facing recycling headaches

Plastic and tyre waste disposal is a growing problem for agriculture. Environmental regulations require farmers to dispose of waste through reputable waste management services and they need to show proof…

ENVIRONMENT

Video: Why cattle and a combine are environmental champions

Farming is often painted by environmental groups as the bad guy but a project to improve water quality and carbon storing are proving that farming holds some of the answers…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

Video: High-tech machine to revolutionise slurry pollution

While there has been a reduction in water pollution problems over recent years in England, agriculture is now the sector responsible for the largest number of serious incidents. In this…

NEWS

Video: How Gloucs farmers are working to prevent flooding

Farmers and landowners in Gloucestershire’s Upper Thames area are working together to manage the land to provide catchment-scale solutions to prevent future floods while making businesses resilient.  When storms Eva…

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